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Sligo community ‘stunned’ after violent deaths of two men this week, TD says

A ‘cloud of worry and fear’ hangs over Sligo following two recent suspicious deaths and another violent attack, local TD Frank Feighan has said.

“The community is stunned,” the Fine Gael MP for Sligo-Leitrim told Newstalk Breakfast.

Mr Feighan said the past few days had caused huge concern in the region and people were trying to come to terms with what had happened.

“The level of violence is absolutely shocking. This is something Sligo is not used to.

A suspect in his 20s was arrested on Wednesday morning after the body of a man in his 50s was found in an apartment in the city on Tuesday evening.

It followed the discovery on Monday evening of the body of Aidan Moffitt (41) at his home in Cartron, just 2 km from the town. Both men suffered similar injuries although gardaí say the wounds inflicted on the second victim were not as extreme. An earlier attack in the area left a man with serious eye injuries

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar told RTÉ on Wednesday he was shocked by the developments in the city.

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland programme, Fine Gael community activist Blaine Gaffney, a friend of Mr Moffitt, said it was very hard to believe what had happened. He said he wanted to pay tribute to Mr Moffitt, whom he described as a “very intelligent, very honest and caring person”.

‘Positive person’

“He was a great guy in every way. Very dignified, what happened to him was not dignified,” he said. “I wanted to talk about Adrian as the positive person he was and not what happened to him.”

Mr Moffitt had been a great political strategist and a strong advocate of Fine Gael policies and could always predict the outcome of elections, Mr Gaffney said.

The two friends recently spoke by phone while Mr Moffitt was on holiday in Spain. Mr Gaffney said he learned of the death when he saw his name on social media. He had first been concerned when he saw photographs of the crime scene and recognized the street where Mr Moffitt lived.

Many people in Sligo town were now scared, Mr Gaffney added and he hoped there would be developments in the next 24 hours.

“The whole place is in shock,” he added.